Friday, July 30, 2010

Put a Bridle On It

Every now and then I come across Christians who make me drop my jaw in amazement.  Gossip flows from their mouths like liquid poison from a stream, and they do it without any kind of shame or repentance.  No target is immune from their venom.

The topic of their conversation doesn't even have to be true. They just go on autopilot, taking great joy in spreading rumor, innuendo, and negativity.  They love to hear it, and they love to spread it. 

I sometimes wonder if we really understand how seriously God views the decisions we make in the choice of words that we allow to come from our mouths.  These same Christians who wouldn't dare to utter a word of profanity embrace gossip like a drug.

No doubt gossip has ruined many a life and has brought chaos and dissension to more than a few consecrated congregations as it spread among the members like a raging fire. 

Let's make a commitment today to join in love to stop gossip at its source.  Don't allow people to bring it to you, and don't carry it yourself. Remember, the old saying still holds true, "A dog that will bring a bone will carry a bone."

Are you careful about the words that you speak?  Have you ever been the victim of gossip?  How did it make you feel?  Was there ever a time in your life that you enjoyed gossip?

"If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain."  James 1:26

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